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Old 09-27-2011, 09:52 AM
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I have a parking brake installed on my firewall just above the pilot's rudder/brake controls. I'm trying to lay out the general location of things on the instrument panel, and I'd love to hear your opinions on where the parking brake handle should reside. I have a T handle from ACS with a locking button in the center.

Ideally, I would like to have this on the pilot side, and NOT on the panel, but somewhere underneath or on the side of the fuselage. Less to deal with this way if the panel has to come in and out. Looking for ideas on how to mount this.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:07 PM
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I plan on installing my red parking brake T handle for my 7a on the pilot's side just above the eyeball vent.
This location for easier access when standing on the wing, dumping the brake valve without climbing in.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:09 PM
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I used a regular round knob "detent" cable for this and inset it's mounting so the knob doesn't protrude as much. I figure that the parking brake is rarely used - but if I happen to need it, I don't want to have to hunt the handle up under the panel somewhere.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:42 PM
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Dan,
Where did you get that nice looking panel?

Please post some more pics if you have some.

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:45 PM
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I plan on installing my red parking brake T handle for my 7a on the pilot's side just above the eyeball vent.
This location for easier access when standing on the wing, dumping the brake valve without climbing in.
That is where I put mine and I'm glad I did. There have been many times when I just wanted to dump the brakes without having to get in. Now if there were a way to set the brakes without getting in...
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:09 PM
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I used a regular round knob "detent" cable for this and inset it's mounting so the knob doesn't protrude as much. I figure that the parking brake is rarely used - but if I happen to need it, I don't want to have to hunt the handle up under the panel somewhere.
This is where I have installed mine and I use it more often then expected.

BTW, this looks like is going to turn like a very nice panel.

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Old 09-27-2011, 05:04 PM
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Dan,
Where did you get that nice looking panel?

Please post some more pics if you have some.

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I made it (glass and carbon fiber).

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Old 09-28-2011, 12:03 AM
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I orignially put my parking brake handle on the small vertical bulkhead by my left knee (RV7A). I'm short and the problem was that when I pushed on the brakes it had the equal and opposite effect of pushing me back in my seat...to the point I couldn't reach the parking brake to engage it

I moved it to the power quadrant and have been really happy with it there. I use it at start up, run up and shut down on uneven ramps now.

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Old 09-28-2011, 01:21 AM
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I left the tab where the manual elevator trim was supposed to go and installed it there.
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I mounted mine in the upper left of the panel, right where I look when taxiing or taking off.

One secondary advantage of that location is that it made routing the cable a snap.

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